Operating a cannabis business can be complex, but the plant itself is rather simple. It’s useful for cannabis professionals to learn which parts of the plant are responsible for different aspects of the business. Whether you are in accounting or your hands are in the ground, working in cannabis cultivation, it helps to understand the inner workings of the plant.
Parts Of The Cannabis Plant
Unless you’re a breeder or highly technical cultivator, you probably won’t need to go too much deeper into the cannabis anatomy than these parts:
- Cola (tightly growing cluster of buds)
- Stem & nodes
Cannabis Plant’s Female Flower
This is the most important part of the plant for the cannabis industry. Female flowers house the stigma and pistil which are used for reproduction, but their real value is in the trichomes. The trichomes are responsible for the crystallized appearance of many cannabis buds and for producing terpenes and cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.
What About Male Cannabis Plants?
Male cannabis plants are not the high profile, money-makers that females are, but they can still be useful. Cannabis growers can orchestrate breeding and genetic selection through male plants. Afterwards, the remains of these plants can be used to create hemp products or less potent oils.